Shiatsu is a Japanese word meaning 'finger pressure' and was developed in the early 1900's by a Japanese practitioner called Tamai Tempaku. Shiatsu combines traditional oriental treatments with western medical knowledge.
What is Shiatsu?
Shiatsu is a relaxing treatment which can support individuals in moving towards greater health and well-being. Shiatsu is a very simple and slow practice which uses few techniques. The most common involve applying gentle pressure with the hand, thumb or elbow.
Shiatsu is most commonly used in the treatment of headaches, whiplash, back pain, neck pain, stress, joint pain and sports injuries.
There are many different styles of Shiatsu today. Some focus on acupuncture points (similar to acupressure), some on the energy channels and others on diagnostic systems (e.g. the five elements). Zen shiatsu is probably the most famous variant, and this is an extended form involving special exercises known as 'makko ho' to 'stimulate the flow of Ki' (Qi or Chi). Zen shiatsu was named after the simple and direct approach to spirituality of the zen Buddhist monks.